In this powerfully human and delightfully humorous collection, author Belinda Anderson takes us to fictional Hope County in the magical mountains of West Virginia, reuniting us with Twilight Dawn, the wry and mystical old quilter from her debut book of stories, The Well Ain’t Dry yet. Having transcended this earthly realm, Twilight finds herself surveying the predicaments of Hope County’s troubled and troublesome inhabitants, including Franklin, a water truck driver who actually welcomes jury duty; Margaret, a not-as-young-as-she-used-to-be mom, who runs afoul of Foul the Guesser at the state fair; and the widowed Sadie, who helps a con artist discover that he’s a better man than he thought.
Twilight yearns to mend each and every soul. But as she watches the county’s residents weaving themselves in and out of each other’s lives, cutting up and carrying on, they surprise her by figuring out how to arrive at a better destination on their own. If she is to come to one last realization before moving on, it is this: maybe a life has to completely unfurl before its design truly can be seen.
“Belinda Anderson writes with warmth and humor about people whose lives are both ordinary and extraordinary.”
— Denise Giardina
“Anderson’s characters feel as though they were living their lives before we opened the book and will go on living them after we’ve closed it again.”
— Eric Fritzius, WV Daily News
About the Author
Belinda Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism and a master’s of liberal arts studies. She’s written for such publications as The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Goldenseal, Wonderful West Virginia, Book Page and Writers’ Journal, among others.
She was a recipient of a professional development grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission for the Arts. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has named her a Master Artist to work as a mentor with emerging writers.